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HIV report: « 70% of infected Moroccan women received it from their spouses »

Written by FDM

In Morocco, 70 percent of HIV infected women got it from their spouses according to figures released by the Ministry of Health, in light of World AIDS Day, December 1.

13,322 people in Morocco live with HIV, according to the study led this year under the theme of « Right to health ». An important right that « is part of the fundamental human rights, » as recalled by UNAIDS in a statement.

3 is the number of regions in Morocco in which more than 50 percent  of HIV infected people are concentrated out of the 13,322 that the country has registered. These areas are Souss Massa, Casablanca-Settat and Marrakech-Safi.

1,000 is the number of new infections estimated in 2016, with a 44 percent decrease since 2004 (1,800), according to the Ministry of Health.

The study also noted that half of sex professionals, men and women alike, reported having unprotected sex, among whom 1.3 percent live with HIV. Also 4.3 percent of homosexuals are HIV positive.

In Morocco, UNAIDS found that 8 percent of people who inject drugs are HIV-positive.

The report also showed that 160,960 people among the populations most at risk of infection were able to access the prevention program in 2016. In the first half of 2017, already 123,388 people were covered.

The number of people receiving treatment has almost tripled. In 2016, 605,746 people against 218,951 in 2012. Among  them, 154,416 pregnant women in prenatal consultation. In addition, the proportion of pregnant women who are carrying the virus in Morocco reached 62 percent in the same year, registering an increase in the last six years.